K-16 Russian enrollment trends, school-to-college articulation, Russian Flagship, access to advanced language training
Based on the American Councils-administered K-16 National Survey of Foreign Language Enrollments (2017), the present study examines emerging trends in enrollments and the availability of Russian language instruction at the state and national levels. K-12 and tertiary institutional data are examined in light of comparable information collected in 2007. The study found a continued close association between the geographical location of Russian K-12 offerings and the distribution of Russian-speaking households reported in the US Census. Nationally, Russian language enrollments increased by 20% between 2007 and 2016 among K-12 institutions to 14,876 with 31 states and the District of Columbia reporting state-level increases, 18 showing a decrease, and one state indicating no change. By comparison, higher education Russian enrollments declined by 20% over the same period to 21,353. Overall Russian ranks third among the less commonly taught languages at both the university and K-12 levels. The study also reports district-level and senior administrator responses regarding factors which inform decisions to offer Russian (and other languages), examples of innovative approaches to school-to-college articulation, and benefits noted from increasing access to advanced language and cultural training, as exemplified in the Russian Language Flagship.
Davidson, Dan E. and Garas, Nadra
"Emerging Trends in the Study of Russian in the US: K-16 Enrollments 2007 to 2016,"
Russian Language Journal: Vol. 70:
1, Article 13.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/rlj/vol70/iss1/13